Admissions Policies

As the laboratory school for the UCLA School of Education and Information Studies, our admissions policies are designed to support the research mission of the school. Demographics are the primary lens through which our admissions decisions are made. Selections are made blindly through a lottery according to age, gender, ethnicity and family income with a goal of reflecting the public school population of the state as closely as possible.

Quick Guide to Our Levels

We have a mixture of multi-age and single-age classrooms. Multi-age groupings in the primary and intermediate years allow teaching to the child rather than the grade, and they take into account the different rates at which children develop academically, socially, and emotionally. Single-age groupings in the early childhood and upper years allow for a focus on the transition in to elementary school and preparation for moving on to middle school.

Early Childhood (EC)

EC I: Ages 4–5, equivalent of Pre-K
Applicants must have a birthday between September 1, 2017 and August 31, 2018 to be eligible for admission to our ECI classroom in year 2022–2023.
No exceptions are made for summer birthdays.

EC II: Ages 5–6, equivalent of Kindergarten
Applicants must have a birthday between September 1, 2016 and August 31, 2017 to be eligible for admission to our ECII classroom in year 2022–2023.
No exceptions are made for summer birthdays.

Multi-age groups of children ages 6–8, equivalent of Grades 1 & 2

Multi-age groups of children ages 8–10, equivalent of Grades 3 & 4

Upper I: Ages 10–11, equivalent of Grade 5
Upper II: Ages 11–12+, equivalent of Grade 6

Application Process

Fill out our applicant inquiry form in English or Spanish. Once you submit the form, you will receive an email with instructions to create an online application account.

Our online application process is quick and easy. Responses to all questions are mandatory unless otherwise indicated. Failure to complete the sections about the child’s ethnicity and the combined income of parent/guardian(s) who financially support applicant will prevent the application from being processed and adversely affect the child’s chances of gaining admission.

Required Supplementary Documents
In addition to the completed application, we require a copy of the applicant’s birth certificate. If your child is applying to our Primary, Intermediate, or Upper levels, the most recent progress report must be submitted.

Educational Support Documents
As a university laboratory school, UCLA Lab School does not provide the full range of possible disability services that a district may provide, and it is important to note that our capacity and resources have limits. Applicants in need of extra support, services, or who have an IEP/504 Plan are accepted in the same manner as all other applicants: randomly and blindly according to the demographic and research needs of the school.

If you indicated on your application that your child has an IEP, 504 Plan, and/or needs extra support/services, once they are accepted into the school, all supporting documents must be submitted, and our Child Study Team will meet to discuss what supports are needed and how the school will provide them.

Mailing Address
Supporting documents, fee payment, and other correspondence should be addressed to:

Admissions Office
UCLA Lab School
Box 951619
330 Charles E. Young Dr. North
Los Angeles, CA 90095-1619

If you have any questions while completing the application, please contact our admissions office at (310)825-1801.

Requests for Tuition Support
UCLA Lab School determines tuition annually. We partner with School & Student Services (SSS) to help determine our tuition support awards. Based on the information you provide, SSS calculates an estimated amount that your family can contribute to educational expenses.

UCLA Lab School SSS code: 9224

For more information and to begin the tuition support application, CLICK HERE

For videos and other resources to help you complete the tuition support application, CLICK HERE

Questions regarding the application can be directed to (800) 344-8328.

Small group in-person tours are taking place throughout the fall. You must create an online account in order to register for a campus tour. Although our campus tours are optional, we highly encourage all prospective parents to attend. Each tour will last approximately one hour and offer visitors an opportunity to familiarize themselves with our campus and learn about our mission as a laboratory school.

Registration is required to attend a campus tour. All registered visitors will be sent a link with parking directions and the COVID mitigation measures required by the university, including the UCLA Daily Symptom Monitoring Survey to complete prior to arrival on campus.

Campus tours will take place from 9:00 – 10:00 AM on the following dates:

  • Tuesday, October 5
  • Wednesday, October 13
  • Tuesday, October 26
  • Tuesday, November 2
  • Wednesday, November 10
  • Tuesday, November 16

We regret that we are not able to accommodate requests to visit outside the scheduled dates.

To register for a campus tour, CLICK HERE

Information Practices Act Disclosure
UCLA Lab School is part of the UCLA Graduate School of Education & Information Studies, governed by the Regents of the University of California. UCLA Lab School uses the information requested on the application form to process your application for admission. The information is also available to staff, teaching assistants, and faculty for educational purposes. Responses to all questions are mandatory unless otherwise indicated. If you do not supply the mandatory information, the processing of your application will be delayed and possibly even prevented. You will not be penalized if you do not complete those items that are optional; however, failure to complete the section on child’s ethnicity could adversely affect the child’s chances of gaining admission.

The Office of the Principal of UCLA Lab School, Box 951619, 330 Charles E. Young Drive North, Los Angeles, CA 90095-1619, telephone (310) 825-1801, maintains the information you provide on your application. The information will be provided to the state and federal governments if required by law. You have the right, according to the law, to have access to this information.